Ms Sanders did not specify what steps were required of the North Koreans, but she said they had “promised to denuclearise, they have promised to stop nuclear and missile testing, and they’ve recognised that we’re going to continue in our military exercises”. “We’ve accepted the invitation to talk based on them following through with concrete actions on the promises that they’ve made”, Sanders said.
Pence emphasized that “the North Koreans are coming to the table despite the United States making zero concessions”, as past USA presidents have done to appease the Kim regime.
Several Pentagon officials also said shortly before the announcement that they also had no knowledge of what the South Koreans planned to announce when they told the president that Kim would welcome a visit. Elizabeth Warren, lauded reports that the United States will pursue diplomatic talks with North Korea, the Massachusetts Democrat raised concerns Friday about the Trump administration’s ability to navigate such negotiations.
In a tweet on today, US President Donald Trump said a deal with North Korea, “if completed”, will be very good for the world.
“(Kim Jong Un) expressed his eagerness to meet President Trump as soon as possible”, South Korean national security director, Chung Eui-yong shared when asked about his northern neighbor’s feelings about talking to Trump.
“Kim is not inviting Trump so that he can surrender North Korea’s weapons”, said Jeffrey Lewis, an arms control expert at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Thursday said hours before Trump’s agreement that the USA was still a long way from agreeing to direct talks. The U.S. has not yet determined the time and location of such a meeting, which Mr. Trump agreed to after speaking with South Korean officials on Thursday. “We look forward to the denuclearization of North Korea”.
It’s expected the summit could take place in Panmunjom, the truce village in the demilitarised zone between North and South Korea.
Sanders left open the possibility that President Trump could act as his own lead negotiator during the summit meeting with Kim Jong Un.
But in the meantime, sanctions against North Korea will remain in place.